Copied from the previous reply: REMEMBER, racquets are not the main problem here... Getting a Yonex made in Taiwan $70-90 racquet and a $150 - $250 made in Japan racquet is no difference. Just make sure the racquet is around 3U or 4U range (I prefer 3U though, 4U is a tad light for me) Make sure that it is a Carbon graphite/fiber or whatever String it to a tension depending your skill level and use the string of your playing style (ATTACKING, DEFENSING etc.) Now all it matters is your skills and techniques... Even if you have the top of the line YONEX NanoSpeed 9900, or Voltric 80, or ArcSaber 10/Z-Slash, or MusclePower 100, or Armortech 900 P/T, The question is DOES IT REALLY MATTER???!??!??!??? If you are not going to be that good at technique, just spend less money on a flashy racquet and more money in getting a court to practice or maybe get a little bit of lessons.... NOT TO MENTION, grips are actually more important than a racquet... MAKE SURE you get a good grip size when you order your racquet that fits your hand. OR you can always build the grip with overgraps, but the balance will no longer be the original manufacturer's balance, and also the weight of the racquet might go a little higher (depending on how many grips you are building with.) String is important, if you bought a Z-Slash and strung it with crappy BG-8s you will not get the desired performance. Try BG-80/85/65 Ti (a bit slippy though)/66 (Ultimax/Maxima)/Nanogy 98 etc. Does it matter if your racquet has that "(Ultra) High Modulus Carbon Graphite", "(X)-Fullerene", G-Force Ti", "Ultra PEF", "Elastic Ti", Cup-Stacked Carbon Nanotubes", or even just the traditional "Carbon Nanotubes" ???!??!??! THE ANSWER IS NOOOOO!!!!! IT DOES NOT MATTER.... These thing are just minimal additive that is part of Yonex's Marketing Campaign tio build up hype.. In reality, the performance is similar to other racquets of the same balance, stiffness and weight..... Forget about all those fancy YONEX vocab (Ultra HM Carbon, Sound Filter, X-Fullerene).... I mean will I really hear a difference of sound filter or not on the Voltric 80? The Answer is NO, I WILL NOT HEAR A DIFFERENCE. Yonex Sound Filter my ass Just get some BG 66s/80s or Nanogy 98s and you are SET!!!!!!